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As the new year started I began feeling that Off-Limits Valentine needed a little refresh.

I'd like to introduce you to the new and improved OFF-LIMITS VALENTINE!

Not many of you know that I went to art school for graphic design. But shortly after graduation my fire for art fizzled. I got myself an office job, and even stopped reading (something I loved since I was young). I was as far away from that funky artsy teen as I could get.

But my writing career has led me back into that creativity. I started designing some of my own covers, and I love it. Recently I started an Etsy store and created my own Renegades gear as well as a non-book related store. I've rekindled that fondness for design.


My non-book related Etsy store here -->

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I know my readers were expecting DELAY OF GAME months ago, and I apologize for the "delay". (no pun intended)

I won't get into details, but first and foremost I experienced my first severe bout of writer's block. The entirety of my writing career I have never had it like this. Add in some health issues I was attending to, things I had put off long enough.

And then life sort of consumed me - which was so not cool.

I was in a weird place. My writing was nonexistent and I wasn't keeping up on any of my social media.

The guilt I have felt letting my readers down surpassed any pain from my health issues. But the writers block thwarted me at all turns.

I had hoped the new year would bring much needed relief, but life isn't letting up. It's difficult to be creative when you're depressed. However I think I am now in a place mentally where I feel the need to write, regardless of outside issues.

I'm not posting this for sympathy or attention. I am posting it to let you guys know what has been going on. There's nothing more frustrating than looking forward to a book, then the book and the author disappearing. And I wanted to address that for my loyal readers.

I didn't want to let any of you down. I promise the book is coming. I just don't know when yet. I do have a sign up sheet for anyone who wants the news first when I set a pre-order date.

I'm trying to get back into Instagram, TikTok, and my Facebook group. And I'm trying to get back into eating healthier, but everyone knows when you don't feel emotionally okay, eating healthy and exercising is the LAST thing you want to do (at least for me).

Sometimes you have to take a step back and take care of yourself.

I'm working on it. I'm working on me. And I'm trying to get words on paper.

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